Sneak some veggies into dinner with this delicious, colourful recipe that the little ones will love!
Getting young children to eat and enjoy veggies is an endless struggle for many parents. At The Brook Early Education and Care, we are always on the lookout for fun, veggie-packed recipes that will encourage even the pickiest of eaters to dig in. Did you know that many vegetables have nutrients that boost immunity, and can even keep illnesses like the common cold and flu at bay? We all know when one of the kids get sick, it’s not long until the whole family follows, so immunity boosting properties are just one more reason to pack in the veggies.
One of the great things about this recipe is that kids love picking their own pizza toppings and helping to decorate pizzas! Making dinner interactive is a great way to encourage your child to eat the final result. This recipe is very versatile, and veggies can be changed depending on different preferences and whatever is in season.
What you’ll need:
- 1 pizza base OR 1 amount pizza dough (store bought or homemade)
- 100g chopped tomatoes
- 1 beetroot, sliced thinly
- 100g purple cabbage sliced thinly
- 100g broccoli florets
- 1 yellow capsicum sliced thinly
- 1 orange capsicum sliced thinly
- 1 red capsicum sliced thinly
- 100g shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1-tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- Salt to taste
How to do it:
- Preheat oven to 260c or 240c fan forced
- Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Blanche broccoli and beets for 2 minutes. Remove veggies from water with a slotted spoon and set aside.
- Press dough into roughly 30cm round circle, brushing crust with olive oil.
- Use veggies to make a rainbow design, start by spreading half the chopped tomatoes in the centre of the pizza. Then, arrange beetroot slices in a circle around them. Next, create a circle of cabbage, followed by broccoli, yellow capsicum, orange capsicum, and finally, red capsicum.
- Add salt over the veggies and sprinkle shredded cheese over the whole pizza.
- Bake in oven 10-15 minutes or until base is golden brown. Cool, slice and serve warm.
- A pre-made store bought pizza base can reduce prep time – try to pick up a whole meal or whole grain base for an extra nutritional punch.
- If your child is coeliac, you can get gluten-free pizza bases at grocery stores, or you can make a cauliflower and broccoli pizza base, as seen here.
- All the veggies can be changed depending on your child’s preferences. Fresh avocado in place of broccoli for the green element is a crowd favourite.
Here are some other fun ways to sneak in veggies into your kids’ food that you might want to try – Click Here!
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